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Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media.
What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving Michael Kors Bags Outlet nothing and no one Michael Kors Uk behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gazaās economy ā only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over.
Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that it renounced any claim to the territory and considered it an independent entity.
In effect, Israel had created the first Palestinian state ever, something never granted by fellow Muslims ā neither the Ottoman Turks nor the Egyptians who brutally occupied Gaza for two decades before being driven out in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel wanted nothing more than to live in peace with this independent Palestinian entity. After all, the world had incessantly demanded that Israel give up land for peace.
It gave the land. It got no peace.
The Gaza Palestinians did not reciprocate. They voted in Hamas, who then took over in a military putsch and turned their newly freed Palestine into an armed camp from which to wage war against Israel. It has been war ever since.
Interrupted by the occasional truce, to be sure. But for Hamas, a truce ā hudna ā is simply a tactic Michael Kors Purses On Sale for building strength Michael Kors Kingsbury for the next round. It is never meant to be enduring, never meant to offer peace.
But why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore? Because Hamas considers all of Israel occupied, illegitimate, a cancer, a crime against humanity, to quote the leaders of Iran, Hamasā chief patron and arms supplier. Hamasā objective, openly declared, is to āliberateā ā i.e. destroy ā Tel Aviv and the rest of pre-1967 Israel. Indeed, it is Hamasā raison dāetre.
Hamas first killed Jews with campaigns of suicide bombings. After Israel built a nearly impenetrable fence, it went to rockets, fired indiscriminately at civilians in populated areas.
What did Hamas hope to gain from this latest round of fighting, which it started with a barrage of about 150 rockets into Israel? To formally translate Hamasā recent strategic gains into a new, more favorable status quo with Israel. It works like this:
Hamasā new strength comes from two sources. Michael Kors Purses Michael Kors Signature Handbags First, its new rocketry, especially the Fajr-5, smuggled in from Iran, that can now reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, putting 50% of Israelās population under its guns.
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